Media Timing Events

You need to understand viewer media-flow for this article.

There are two timers running at all times during viewing:

  • Session timer
  • Media timer

The session timer will end the session when the total viewing time has elapsed. This ensures that viewers can find their way out of very complex workflows.

The media timer has no effect by default. However, you can modify its behaviour.

To edit the media timer for a step:

  1. Open the study by clicking its thumbnail
  2. Click the “Media Flow” tab
  3. Click on the edit icon of the step you want to edit
  4. Click the “Timing & Events tab”

You will now be presented with a view that looks like this:

Media and timing events
Media and timing events. Here we have selected 2 “next steps” for the timer event, but nothing happens on media click. The app will randomly pick from step 2 and step 3 when the media timer elapses.

In the “On Timer” section the “What should happen…” control has 3 values:

  • Do nothing
  • Go to next step
  • End Session

Select the behaviour you want to happen when the media timer elapses. If you select “do nothing” the timer has no effect (default). If you select “end session” the entire viewing session will end when the timer elapses.

The “Next step” option is more complicated. When selected, a small table will appear on the right side of the dialog, titled “Go-to“. Use the select control under the table to pick a step and click ‘Add’. You can select and add multiple steps to this table.

During viewing, the app will pick randomly from this list when the timer elapses. This achieves randomization in the viewer media flow.

If you select “go to next step” as the behaviour, but don’t add any steps to the table, the validation system will moan at you.

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